Go With The Flow

By letting it go, it all gets done.
— Lao Tzu

For the past few weekends, I’ve felt that every minute of the day has been jam packed with things to do. Our house projects have comingled with our general chores and have left us very little time to relax. We’ve sat dumbfounded on Sunday nights wondering what the heck happened to the weekend?Tell me I’m not alone here.

But last Saturday, we had the privilege of having a sleepover with our oldest niece. There’s nothing like hanging out with a twelve year old all day to encourage us to put all of our grown up stuff aside and just go with the flow

The flow began at Biscayne National Park.  Our niece had never been canoeing and since we are still trying to tackle our 2013 bucket list, we decided to take the 45 minute drive down South.  As luck would have it, the skies opened up and with it came torrential downpours. During the rain breaks,  the air was humid/sticky and filled with mosquitos/bugs galore.  Obviously we couldn’t canoe, so we spent most of the time in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.

One of our passions is touring the national parks and learning about the history and unique beauty each one has to offer.  Being the only people in the visitor center, the park ranger gave us his undivided attention and told us stories about shipwrecked treasures buried at sea and let us touch fossilized bones of sea turtles, pelicans and whales. 

We learned that 95% of the park is underwater and you have to take a boat to see the historical lighthouse or snorkel to experience the coral reefs. After checking out the various boat tours offered, we made a promise to come back in better weather to fully enjoy the park.

What else is there to do in the rain than eat and what better place to indulge than Robert is Here?  If you’ve never been, you must, must, must put it on your list. If we are in a 20 mile radius of the place, we make it a point to stop.   

Robert is Here is an exotic fruit stand and farm nationally recognized for their amazing produce and homemade treats.  Any given day, you will have to wait in line for one of their delicious fresh fruit milkshakes or smoothies. There are fruits here that I’ve never heard of: Carambola, Mamey, Monstera Deliciosa.

But the absolute best and most addictive treat they offer, in my opinion, are the mangoes!  These things are huge, juicy and oh so sweet.  Mr. Robert himself gave us a sample of their best seller: Keitt Mangoes.  Our eyes rolled behind our heads and we quickly bought several to eat right then and there and a few to take home.

The city of Homestead is filled with acres and acres of farmland. After we left Robert is Here (with a serious mango high), we decided to drive around the local farms and marvel at the crops in bloom. On one farm there were rows and rows of dragon fruit trees. We had just seen the fruit for sale and were amazed to see them in their natural habitat! 

Ten minutes into our farm tour, we spotted a sign for a winery and thought, why not?  I felt funny going to a winery with a twelve year old but was quickly put at ease when we arrived and saw a bunch of children running around.

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery have made their claim to fame by making wine and beer from exotic fruits such as guava, carambola and even avocadoes.

This place is beautiful! The main house is a Plantation style building with tall ceilings and elegant lighting.  The bar is designed in the shape of a tree with the wine glasses hanging from the branches.  The Schnebly’s wanted to give the feel that each time a bartender got a glass it was like they were picking a fruit off of the tree. 

How cool is that?

Photo credit: Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery

We took a tour of the grounds and got to see the Chickee huts built for entertainment and the surrounding waterfalls which spill into a pond filled with Koi Goldfish.   To see some amazing photos of the winery, click here.

After hearing the history and the process of making the wine, we decided to do a tasting (just me and Alex of course).  We bought some cheese and crackers and hummus and sat enjoying each other’s company and talking about how much we liked the ambiance.

Our niece was really intrigued by the whole wine making process.  She may be a Master Sommelier one day! Sidebar: if you love wine and a good documentary, you must watch this movie.

It was such a great day.  It felt amazing not having a schedule or a plan. It’s so important to have these days to recharge our batteries and let our minds be free. 

OM the moment for you mind and give yourself permission to go with the flow. Whatever that means to you. Allowing yourself to be in the flow of life opens you up to inspiration and spontaneity.

Share this blog with your friends and family and have a 'flow' day of your own! 


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